Ahead of his first meeting with George W. Bush, Nichoas Sarkozy was advised by Jean-David Levitte, the former French ambassador "You will find him strong and welcoming but behind the façade you will find a man in great disarray" (or so it is reported by Yasmina Reza as reviewed by John Thornhill).
This seems consistent with something Bush is reported (here and here) to have said to Robert Draper : "Self-pity is the worst thing that can happen to a presidency. This is a job where you can have a lot of self-pity."
But it's OK. He is going to set up a "fantastic freedom institute in Dallas".